Ginleing Geordie

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X:1 T:Ginleing Georde [sic] M:6/4 L:1/8 N:Also in Henry Atkinson ms. (1694) B:Henry Playford - A Collection of Original Scotch-Tunes, (Full of the B:Highland Humours) for the violin (London, 1700) N:"Most of them being in the Compass of the Flute." Z:AK/FIddler's Companion K:G ef|g3d B2 g3eB2|g3d B2 A4 ef|g3d B2 g3d B2|g3d B2 G4|| e2|d2 BcdB d2 BcdB|d2 BcdB A4e2|d2 BcdB d2 BcdB|d2 BcdB G4|| ef|g2B2g2B2 g2B2|g2B2 g2 A4e2|g2B2g2B2 g2B2|g2B2 g2 G4e2|| ed|B3A G2 G2A2B2|e3d B2 A4 ed|B3A G2G2A2B2|e3d B2 G4||



GINLEING GEORD(I)E. AKA - "Gingling Geordie," "Gingling Geordy," "Girdlen Geordy," "Ginleing Georde." AKA and see "Chronicle of the Heart," "Jingling Geordie," "Wylam Away," "Wile Him Away." Scottish, English. England, Northumberland. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). The tune was published in Henry Playford's 1700 collection of Scottish tunes (Original Scotch Tunes, p. 5), where is appears as "Ginleing Georde". It was later printed in Neil Stewart's A Select Collection of Scots English Irish and Foreign Airs Jiggs & Marches (Edinburgh, 1788, p. 168). "Ginleing Geordie" is listed as the indicated tune for a song ("Chronicle of the Heart") in Johnson's Scots Musical Museum, vol. 5 (1797, p. 482) but this appears to be a different tune than Playford's. Northumbrian musician Henry Atkinson (Morpeth) included two versions in his 1694-95 music manuscript collection. Researcher Matt Seattle [1] concludes both were extent at the time, "with much common material, but no consistent sequence between versions." The tune developed in tradition with a number of variants and variations.

There are multiple explanations regarding the title (as Matt Seattle points out). Jingling Geordie is reputed to have been a 17th century pirate and smuggler around the Tynemouth area of the Scottish/English Borders area (there is a cave there that bears his name, along with rumors of buried treasure). A moneylender by the name of George Heriot (1563-1624) was known as 'Jingling Geordie' in the time of James VI of Scotland (James 1 of England), to whom the king (it is said) often had recourse to employ. Seattle also suggests a likely meaning is that a 'Jingling Geordie' referred to a jingling stick (such as carried in some morris dance traditions) that was also used by recruiting officers to attract those who might be interested in enlisting for the King's Bounty. There were also various pubs and establishments (e.g. in Edinburgh's Fleshmarket Close) called Jingling Geordie.


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Printed sources : - Elias Howe (Musician’s Omnibus Nos. 6 & 7), Boston, 1880-1882; p. 600. Playford (A Collection of Original Scotch Tunes), 1700; p. 5.






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